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What are ground wires, my car will not start we have put a brand new batterie and starter and the car still will not start, the people at O'Reilly has tested everything now they say it could be the ground wires i am not understandind whats goin on with my car

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  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    The ground wires are the wires that lead back to the Negative (-) side of the battery and they complete any circuit in your electrical system (in other words any circuit that does not have a ground will not work). The main ground wire (-) from the battery should lead back to the egine and be connected to the engine block itself or at least a strong metal bracket that is attached to the engine block, and there should also be a smaller wire leading to the body of the vehicle, that is if the main Neg. (-) battery cable is not already grounded on the body somewhere on its way to the engine. Do you get any power at all like the headlights when the battery is connected? Do you have dash lights when the key is on?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    don't understand the question??? ground wires for what??



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The battery (-) Negative cable that goes to the block.Make sure you have tight connections at both ends.On some .they have a cable that goes from the negative battery cable to the body of the car and one from the block and the frame.

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